May 14, 2012 – The 2012 Atlantic hurricane season is expected to be tamer than last year, but experts warn that a slower season doesn’t mean a hurricane won’t threaten the U.S. coastline.
“All vulnerable coastal residents should make the same hurricane preparations every year, regardless of how active or inactive the seasonal forecast is,” said Phil Klotzbach of Colorado State University. “It takes only one landfall event near you to make it an active season.”
The CSU team predicts 10 named storms to form during the June 1-Nov. 30 season, with four developing into hurricanes – two of which they predict will be “major” events with sustained winds of 100 mph or more.
Dedicated Catastrophe Team
Should a hurricane strike, our (Fireman’s Fund) dedicated catastrophe team of Claims professionals is ready to rapidly respond. However, now is the best time to prepare for this year’s hurricane season.
“Natural disasters can strike anywhere and no one is immune,” says Eric Sanders, Vice President, Risk Services & Solutions at Fireman’s Fund. “Staying informed and being prepared are the most important things you can do to protect your family, your business and your property.”
Risk Services Consultation Available
To help prepare for a hurricane, the Fireman’s Fund Risk Services Team offers a wind mitigation survey as part of its regular consultation process for customers throughout the Atlantic and Gulf Coast regions. As a part of the consultation, our experts will analyze a home’s structural features and make recommendations on how to better protect your families, property and contents during a hurricane.
Online Risk Management Resources
Our (Fireman’s Fund) Disaster RiskAdvisor site provides a variety of resources for home and business owners, including a pre-qualified network of service providers for such things as shutter systems, wind-resistant building products, emergency evacuations, and storage for protection of art and other valuables. Share this link with your customers to help them prepare their homes or businesses for a hurricane: www.firemansfund.com/disasters
Mobile Services to Keep Your Customers Connected
Our texting service sends you and your customers updates and alerts on disasters via your mobile phone. It’s easy, fast, and it can be more reliable than land-based telephone services when disasters strike.
- To subscribe, go to www.firemansfund.com and click on “Reporting a Claim.” Using the map of the U.S. as your guide, text the appropriate keywords to 72773 to opt in.
Our free claim-reporting app enables your customers to report claims from the site of an accident or loss, find emergency services, and store policy information. It’s compatible with the latest versions of their Android or iPhone (as of 1/1/11).
- To download the app, go to www.firemansfund.com and click on “Reporting a Claim.” In the “Mobile” section you’ll find direct links to the app stores for your respective phone.
For more information on preparing for a hurricane, visit our Facebook Disaster Information page: www.facebook.com/disasterinfo
For more information about Fireman’s Fund, call our office at 513-985-3600.